LBS MFA or Oxford MFE?
Hi! I'm in a bit of a dilemma and hope you guys can help - I know there are various threads on this but my context is slightly different. I'm a European who has been offered a place in LBS MFA and Oxford MFE (Financial Economics). I have also secured a finance internship for Summer 2021 that would offer a full conversion if successful. However, as I do not have a lot of prior experience, I'm not sure how well I will do in my internship, nor enjoy it. If I do not do well, I hope to pursue consultancy, which I think may be a better personality fit as of now.
My dilemma is as follows:
1. LBS might be better in curriculum and self-learning for my finance internship: I heard that the Oxford MFE can be very academic but less practical, as well as very time-demanding. In comparison, LBS teaches more applicable finance theory and is less time demanding. That means that if I go to LBS, I might not only be able to learn from professionals at LBS, but also be able to spend time self-teaching to be better prepared for my internship, vs spending all my time on learning more theoretical things at Oxford.
- However, Oxford has a better brand name: I have heard that for consulting (MBB) in London, they strongly prefer the Oxbridge name, and I don't know many at all who have managed to get an MBB place from LBS MFA. In the event that I do not do well in my internship, having gone to Oxford might help a lot more than LBS. I'm not sure about the LBS brand name for non-London MBB. While I guess I would not mind if this means I will need to try for a European, Non-London MBB position, a London position is definitely preferred. (Also, I'm not sure if I'm wrongly assuming that I can try for a London MBB after leaving london?) Also, it seems a waste to give up a place in Oxford as I came from a tier 2 undergrad uni.
What do you guys think about which school to pick? I know I made a lot of assumptions above (based on what I have heard from alumni), but if any of them are wrong, do let me know too!